Caring in Our Community
Jay Gatsby

Ruby Parkinson

Saskatoon Sk.
- June 20, 2017

Scroll down the page for the Obituary, Funeral Details, and Condolence Messages.

Obituary

Ruby Parkinson (Jamison), age 94, passed away on June 20, 2017 at Oliver Lodge. She was predeceased by her husband Doug, her parents Bill and Lillian, her sister Audrey and brothers Fred and Bob. Mom was raised in the Wyatt School district. She went to Normal School in Saskatoon at age 16 to become a teacher. Due to a shortage of teachers, she graduated after one year. She taught at Nipawin, Watrous, Borden, Baljennie, Traynor and Clearwater (B.C.). Mom took some time off to raise us.
She taught at Westmount School for 17 years. During her time at Westmount, she worked hard to earn her teaching degree. Mom’s teaching career ended after being in a serious car accident. Mom had a strong faith in God. She was involved in various activities at St. Thomas Wesley United Church-teaching Sunday School, CGIT, UCW, Presbytery, ICS and anything else involving helping others. She volunteered at Oliver Lodge and the Food Bank for several years. Mom loved to travel anywhere she had the opportunity to go. She was a support to several international students. She had a soft heart for any organization with a worthwhile cause, and there were a lot of them

Funeral Details

Her family, daughter Donna, son Stuart (Cathy), grandchildren; Daniel (Carla), Rachel (Mark) and Robert, great grandchildren; Lily, Charlie, Ruby and Theodore, will be celebrating her life at St. Thomas Wesley United Church (Ave. H and 20th St) on June 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, June 23, at Westwood Funeral Chapel (1402 20th St. West) from 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations to St. Thomas Wesley United Church, World Vision, or a charity of choice would be appreciated.

Condolence Messages

Gboyega & Katherine Esan

Written June 26, 2017 from Mississauga,

Donna & Stuart,

We have so many wonderful memories when we think of your mum whom we called "Grandma P".
She "diligently searched" out my brother, Segun & I in Kitchener/Waterloo in 1990 after we hadn't seen her since we were 3 or 4 years old!
She gave me the money for my 1st computer. She always sent letters & money to my brother & I at Christmas time.
She insisted on learning my wife, Katherine's Nigerian name & that's what she called her!
She always asked after my parents, siblings & was genuinely interested in what was going on in our lives!
She wondered why I was always in a hurry when visited her in Saskatoon but I told her once that when we get to heaven, I will spent the first 1 million years at her house!
We will truly will miss her warmth & kindness even from just speaking to her on the phone.
These 2 quotes sum up best what we think of her.

“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”

–John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

“What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

–Helen Keller

We pray that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, will comfort you all in this difficult season of loss, sorrow & grieving.